Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 3, 2018

Aughton Playground Crime

As I write this about the Aughton Playground crime, the Ormskirk and Burscough Police Facebook is reporting 2,200+ comments and has been viewed by 15,027 people. “What is the world coming to” is a general view, as suggested punishments for the guilty person are unrepeatable. But a general theme is of little or no policing. It’s no wonder, as we read how the government pays less and passes the burden onto council tax.  

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Lancashire is Clive Grunshaw. The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people of Lancashire when it comes to policing and crime prevention and to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery and performance of the force.

27 July 2018 the PCC issued this statement, below which was repeated on the Aughton Parish Council website.

With less money available for policing the Commissioner urges residents to have their say on the service. Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is asking residents for their views on policing as pressures on the service grow and resources continue to reduce.

The Commissioner has today launched an online survey and announced a series of roadshow events to ask residents’ views on priorities around crime and policing. These will continue to inform his Police and Crime Plan which sets out how the police and community safety partners work together to keep Lancashire safe. Mr Grunshaw said “Year-on-year we have less money to deliver policing in Lancashire as a result of growing demand and rising costs due to inflation. With the Government not providing any extra resources but passing the burden onto council tax payers, I want to get a clear view from the public about their priorities and how safe they feel. I know people will have concerns about recorded crime going up and police having to respond to more non-crime issues as cuts to other services like mental health continue to bite.

“Having made savings of £84m since 2010 with a further £18m to find by 2022, Lancashire’s police service will continue to have to adapt. With fewer officers and resources it is even more important to ensure that our plans meet operational needs but also public priorities.

“The Chief Constable and I have a shared ambition for the Constabulary to remain as one of the top forces in the country and to be recognised as an outstanding service. Listening to people’s views is an important part of this process”. 

The Commissioner’s survey was launched online on Friday 27 July and ran throughout the summer until Monday 10th September. We heard no more about it. Whatever we said was probably ignored, as are any public consultations. But the begging bowl is always out for yet more public money , none of which will stop crimes like the Aughton Playground crime, because fewer police means less public priority. When did you last see a police officer?

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